Gail Sutton is the Associate Director for Institutional Initiatives, Finance and Administration for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
A 16-year veteran of the banking industry, Sutton joined HRI immediately after its founding to manage the finances and daily operations of the fledgling institute. Sutton focuses on budgeting, grant management and improving both product and efficiency to maximize the research capacity of the Institute’s scientists and researchers, both in the laboratory and in the field. Over the years her position has grown with the Institute to manage the expanding administrative, information technology and communications staff in a way that allows them to serve as a true support system for the HRI’s pioneering interdisciplinary research work.
In addition, Sutton manages special programs that do not fall under the Institute’s traditional research areas, including Texas OneGulf, the first Center of Excellence established in the state after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. Sutton’s signature project is the “Sink Your Shucks” Oyster Recycling Program, the first restoration program in Texas to reclaim oyster shells from local restaurants to build substrate for new reefs and habitat for fish, crabs and other organisms. The effort reflects Sutton’s longstanding interest in pioneering fisheries restoration programs that boast long-term economic stability in addition to environmental benefits.
Sutton received her M.S. in Fisheries and Mariculture and a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.